Pursuing Fair Spousal Maintenance

Alimony payments, referred to as spousal maintenance in Wisconsin, provide for the financial care of a dependent spouse after divorce. There is no typical payment or formula to determine support. Additionally, spousal maintenance may only last for a short period of time following divorce, or it could be permanent. D'Angelo & Grabow have 30 years of experience representing clients on both sides of the spousal maintenance system. We understand what factors are involved and how to pursue a favorable settlement.

If you are considering divorce, call our skilled attorneys at 262-278-0987 to learn how spousal maintenance may play a role in your case. We can also help you enforce existing orders, or modify orders if your circumstances materially change.

How Are Payments Determined?

The court takes a number of factors into account to determine spousal maintenance payments. Unlike child support, there is no state formula or accepted guidelines. It can be beneficial to have an experienced attorney advocate for you during your settlement. A few of the key factors include:

  • Duration of the marriage
  • Ability to earn a living
  • Educational background
  • Mental and physical health
  • Child support payments
  • The property division settlement
  • Tax repercussions of alimony payments
  • Accustomed standard of living

If you are eligible for child support, you may want to explore bundling those payments with spousal support into a monthly family support payment. Tax implications must be considered and should be discussed with a skilled attorney.

Note that you may also pursue temporary support payments to provide for your well-being during the divorce process until your final spousal maintenance order is established.

Adjusting Support As Circumstances Change

Court orders do not have to be permanent. If either spouse's circumstances materially change after divorce, we can petition the court to modify payments accordingly. Applicable changes could include a change in employment, remarriage, sickness or inheritance. Depending upon the situation, payments may be terminated altogether.

If you correctly pay spousal support and have experienced a change in income or believe your ex-spouse has experienced a change, our skilled attorneys can help you pursue a modification.

Contact Us To Secure A Capable Lawyer

Do you want to know how alimony payments may impact your divorce? Call our Waukesha office at 262-278-0987 to schedule a free, initial 30-minute consultation, or email us today.